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Ice A Baby Bottle
Ok: But make surebit s not too warm ...Read more
My baby is 11 months.He is breastfed and does not take a bottle. I would like to wean him onto either formula or cow's milk. Bottle or sippy cup?
A 3 week old breast feeding infant. Does this baby need extra water from a bottle if constipated? Does this baby need to take water from a bottle?
No!: Breast milk provides everything that infants need. In fact, babies under 4 months, who are given supplemental water may develop a condition called 'water intoxication' which is associated with seizures. Are baby's stools hard or just infrequent? Breast fed babies may have bms with every feed, or as infrequently as 1-2 times a week, soft/mushy stools. Talk specifics with dr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Drinking milk in a moving car is not a problem. But, being in a car seat for several hours, can lead to gas pains. Allowing the baby to lie on its stomach and patting its back after traveling will help it to pass the gas. ...Read more
My baby brother is 3 weeks old and refusing breast milk, is it okay to start using baby formula in a bottle?
INFANT FEEDING: I see mom is taking propranolol, carbamezipine and propylthiouracil. All these are l-2 drugs, means she can breastfeed without adverse effects to the baby. If baby refuses to nurse, mom can pump the milk with breast pump and feed baby in the bottle. If enough milk is not there, she can supplement with formula after breast milk. Best advise: talk to the pediatrician. ...Read more
Personal decision: Ideally, an artificial nipple will never cross the lips of a baby. However, many valid reasons to do so exist. Maternal illness/medication/surgery, lactation problems or ineffective nursing, poor infant weight gain or social stigmata are all some of the reasons families may choose to supplement. It can also be quite rewarding for a father to be able to feed his baby as well. ...Read more
I added another half a scoop of infant formula by mistake while making formula milk. Baby has drank it. Should i be worried?
No rules: There has been much arguing over the years about pacifiers. In the end, though, there are no rules. When you say baby, i assume that you really mean a baby, under a year of age. My rule: if you baby likes sucking on a pacifier, its fine. Eventually, you need to get rid of the pacifier, but that is something to do in the second year of life. ...Read more
Teaching Obesity: There is no health benefit for sugar for your baby. Why would you add extra sugar calories to your child's nutrition. Our babies in this country are in general obese and dangerously so. Diabetes is on the rise in the young as much as it is in the adult population. Extra sugar is not only unnecessary it can be a dangerous habit to give to your children. ...Read more
Yes: no problem with any bottled clean water ...Read more
I am starting my 4 month old on rice cereal do I put it in a bottle or spoon feed him? he is formula feed .
Feed as baby wakes : Babies develop a better schedule if you feed as they wake up. Baby has strength from the rest & can take a good feed before tiring. Then do diaper changes & cleaning. Playing after cleaning allows good mommy time. As baby tires they will settle if you put them down. They do not sleep longer if fed before sleep, they have more night waking because they have been taught to need food to settle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When should a child be taken off a bottle and pacifier? How do you ween also? My son is drinks milk from a bottle and use a pacifier for security.
The natural time of : Weaning is around a year, when whole milk & milk products are limited to 16-21 0z./day to avoid constipation, iron deficiency anemia (which can cause developmental delays), & ?'ed appetite for solids. Juice is limited to 4-6 oz./day. Sipping milk/juice off & on or falling asleep with a bottle promotes cavities. Use an open-mouthed cup with 2 handles to promote lip closure for speech. ...Read more
Yes: Thumbs rarely detach and get lost and are much easier to clean. Regular cleaning of pacifiers and making sure they don't have cracks where yeast can settle is important if you use them. There is a lot of controversy re the benefit/risk of pacifier use and breastfeeding initiation, ear infections and sids risk. My preference is keep things simple and pacifier free. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers